On rainy days, a mud room fulfills its designated duty — keeping soggy boots and dripping umbrellas from soiling the rest of the house. But in many homes, a mud room isn’t used only on bad-weather days. Equipped with storage for outerwear, sports equipment and out-the-door necessities, a mud room serves as a family’s primary entry and exit point. Even though a mud room’s basic purpose is utilitarian, its furnishings and wall decor should evoke a feeling of comfort and familiarity.
Prints and Photos
Framed artwork is an obvious choice for wall decor in any room — mud rooms included — but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring or predictable. For your mud-room walls, choose prints or framed posters that embrace the room’s indoor-outdoor atmosphere. Images of landscapes, ocean vistas and forests complement any color scheme and create a calming effect. For wall art that’s both organic and graphic, look for prints of leaves, seashells, flowers and other elements from nature. If your family includes young artists, frame some of their drawings for mud-room wall display. Family photographs personalize your mud-room’s walls. Enlarge favorite photos, and then frame and mat them to create a gallery wall. Don’t forget photos of family pets.
Although your mud room is a staging and storage area, it doesn’t have to look like an oversized closet. Even utilitarian items, such as hooks and bins, become elements of wall decor when chosen creatively. Instead of inexpensive plastic pieces, look for wall hooks and racks with hardware that complements the room’s other furnishings. The small splurge will give the walls a finished look and provide necessary function. Baskets mounted on the wall offer rustic storage for gloves, keys, lanyards and other small items. Substitute wall-mounted metal bins in a mud room in a more contemporary look. A neatly displayed collection of baseball caps or umbrellas creates wall decor in its own right, and their owners can grab them easily as they go out the door.
Wall Decor That Works
A mud room is a home’s launching pad — the last stop for family members heading out to school, work and soccer practice. It houses coats and rain gear and gives grownups and kids a chance to make sure they’re ready for the day ahead. A family message center mounted on the mud-room wall provides a centralized location for reminders and checklists. Available from office-supply and home-goods stores in colors and styles to suit any decor, a message center featuring a chalkboard, corkboard or dry-erase board adds functional design to a mud-room wall. To keep your family on time and looking their best, make a large decorative clock and a framed mirror part of your mud room’s wall decor.
Signs and Sayings
Because your mud room sends family members on their daily journeys and welcomes them home again, it’s the place to display wall decor that offers words of encouragement, inspiration or humor. You can find signs and plaques featuring quotes, prayers, poems and funny sayings at home-goods stores. If your family has a favorite motto or proverb, print it from your computer and mount it on a plaque or frame it. Use wall-decal letters for writing a message on your mud room’s walls. Find stock or custom quotes, available from online vendors, to create a distinctive border around the room.